Christmas

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Merry Christmas from the editor’s desk: a tradition continues

The Comox Valley Record editor reflects upon the year, in verse

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North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney presents Speaker of the House Anthony Rota with a bottle of Shelter Point Distillery’s single malt whiskey. Photo supplied by Rachel Blaney

Shelter Point single malt gifted to Speaker of the House

Whiskey could be in running for prestigious ‘Speaker’s Selection’

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney presents Speaker of the House Anthony Rota with a bottle of Shelter Point Distillery’s single malt whiskey. Photo supplied by Rachel Blaney
FILE - Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival on April 14, 2018, in Indio, Calif. The Fleet Foxes song “White Winter Hymnal,” written by Pecknold, and released in 2008, has become a modern holiday standard, sung by children’s choirs in countless school assemblies. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Red snow? Song becomes a most unexpected modern standard for the holidays

Songwriter surprised at how ‘White Winter Hymnal’ has turned into a Christmas staple

FILE - Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival on April 14, 2018, in Indio, Calif. The Fleet Foxes song “White Winter Hymnal,” written by Pecknold, and released in 2008, has become a modern holiday standard, sung by children’s choirs in countless school assemblies. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
(L-R) Les Folles Jambettes’ Vanessa Reyes-Golding, Sarah Leslie and Melanie Shenstone pose for a photo next to a family of snow people displayed at a home on 17th Avenue, near the intersection of 77th Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks’ Can Can dancers trot out Christmas flash mobs

City residents with amazing Christmas displays were treated to the surprise dances

(L-R) Les Folles Jambettes’ Vanessa Reyes-Golding, Sarah Leslie and Melanie Shenstone pose for a photo next to a family of snow people displayed at a home on 17th Avenue, near the intersection of 77th Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Lego has gone through considerable changes over the years. When was this toy introduced? (LEGO via AP)

QUIZ: How much do you know about toys and games?

From long-lasting traditions to fads, there’s a lot of history to play and recreation.

Lego has gone through considerable changes over the years. When was this toy introduced? (LEGO via AP)
RCMP police dog handlers Cpl. Dean Muir, left, and Const. Matthew Tomasson show off a blanket crocheted for police service dog Herc. (Photo submitted)

Vancouver Island woman crochets police dogs blankets for Christmas

Woman who loves to crochet creates blankets for all four of Nanaimo RCMP’s police service dogs

RCMP police dog handlers Cpl. Dean Muir, left, and Const. Matthew Tomasson show off a blanket crocheted for police service dog Herc. (Photo submitted)
Michelle, pictured at her work station, is one of many volunteers at Santa’s Workshop, which has appointments available until Dec. 22. The traditional holiday initiative is operating this year out of the former Finneron Hyundai car dealership at 250 Old Island Highway. To book an appointment, call (250) 897-0098. Scott Stanfield photo

Appointments still available at Santa’s Workshop in Courtenay

There are still plenty of lovely gifts available at Santa’s Workshop, which…

  • Dec 13, 2021
Michelle, pictured at her work station, is one of many volunteers at Santa’s Workshop, which has appointments available until Dec. 22. The traditional holiday initiative is operating this year out of the former Finneron Hyundai car dealership at 250 Old Island Highway. To book an appointment, call (250) 897-0098. Scott Stanfield photo
Rose Deck putting decorations on the Berwick Comox Valley Christmas tree. To book a tour or learn more about Berwick, contact Jolene Shaw or Michelle Williams at 250-890-2346

Rose Deck is busy decking the halls, bringing cheer to her neighbours!

Retirement residence gave her ‘instant community’ during a time of increased stress and isolation

  • Dec 13, 2021
Rose Deck putting decorations on the Berwick Comox Valley Christmas tree. To book a tour or learn more about Berwick, contact Jolene Shaw or Michelle Williams at 250-890-2346
People dressed in Santa Claus costumes take part in Christmas run in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Bah! Humbug! Italian bishop apologizes for telling kids Santa doesn’t exist

A Roman Catholic diocese in Sicily publicly apologized to outraged parents after…

People dressed in Santa Claus costumes take part in Christmas run in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
The Spirits of the West Coast Native Art Gallery will match all donations to the food bank during the gallery’s food drive, up to $5,000. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

Courtenay art gallery hosting food bank drive

Spirits of the West Coast Native Art Gallery will match donations up to $5,000

  • Dec 11, 2021
The Spirits of the West Coast Native Art Gallery will match all donations to the food bank during the gallery’s food drive, up to $5,000. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
Catherine Crewe of Fernie with the card that she and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending back and forth to each other since 1964. Pictured here in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

60 years of good wishes: Two long-time Kootenay penpals keep a Christmas tradition alive

Catherine Crewe of Fernie, and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending the same card back and forth to each other since they were both five years old

Catherine Crewe of Fernie with the card that she and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending back and forth to each other since 1964. Pictured here in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
(Back row, L-R) Grand Forks’ Travis Tysick, wife Rena Bronstein, neighbours Karren Turner, Shirley and Ross Munro and Shane Zorn gather in front of a giant Santa on Valley Heights Drive Tuesday evening, Dec. 7. In the front row (L-R) are Cameron, Shannon and Blake Zorn and the Zorns’ dog, Marty. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Giant Santas come to Grand Forks neighbourhood

The Santas are massive and somewhat costly, but neighbours say they’re worth it

(Back row, L-R) Grand Forks’ Travis Tysick, wife Rena Bronstein, neighbours Karren Turner, Shirley and Ross Munro and Shane Zorn gather in front of a giant Santa on Valley Heights Drive Tuesday evening, Dec. 7. In the front row (L-R) are Cameron, Shannon and Blake Zorn and the Zorns’ dog, Marty. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
The Malahat SkyWalk will host numerous events over the Christmas season. (John McKinley/Black Press)

Malahat Skywalk gearing up for Christmas

Number of events planned over festive season

  • Dec 7, 2021
The Malahat SkyWalk will host numerous events over the Christmas season. (John McKinley/Black Press)
The Comox Valley Christmas Parade returned to downtown Courtenay, Sunday afternoon, after a one-year absence. Scott Stanfield photos

Comox Valley Christmas Parade returns to downtown Courtenay

The Comox Valley Christmas Parade returned to downtown Courtenay, Sunday afternoon, after…

  • Dec 5, 2021
The Comox Valley Christmas Parade returned to downtown Courtenay, Sunday afternoon, after a one-year absence. Scott Stanfield photos
While Santa Claus is making Christmas gifts at home, his elves are having a party in Cumberland and everyone is invited. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

Cumberland Community Schools Society presents Santa’s Break Room

This year, the Cumberland Community Schools Society (CCSS) has moved its seasonal…

While Santa Claus is making Christmas gifts at home, his elves are having a party in Cumberland and everyone is invited. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
The Celebration Singers and the Grace Notes will be performing a pair of concerts, on Friday, Dec. 17, and Saturday, Dec. 18 at St. George’s Church in Courtenay. Photo supplied

Celebrations Singers to perform Christmas concerts in Courtenay

After a long and challenging 18 months, The Celebration Singers and the…

The Celebration Singers and the Grace Notes will be performing a pair of concerts, on Friday, Dec. 17, and Saturday, Dec. 18 at St. George’s Church in Courtenay. Photo supplied
Author and book

Nanaimo author pens an instant-Christmas classic with a modern twist!

Christmas is a time of tradition. Most children look forward to enjoying…

  • Nov 29, 2021
Author and book
Karissa Spence, the caregiver educator at Home Instead’s Courtenay location, shows an ornament from the Be A Santa to a Senior tree at the Courtenay office, at 350 17th St, Suite 3. Photo supplied

Courtenay home care business launching ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ initiative

The Home Instead office in Courtenay is launching its Be A Santa…

Karissa Spence, the caregiver educator at Home Instead’s Courtenay location, shows an ornament from the Be A Santa to a Senior tree at the Courtenay office, at 350 17th St, Suite 3. Photo supplied
The Merville Hall Christmas Craft Fair is slated for Saturday, Dec. 4. Stock image

Christmas Craft Fair coming to Merville Hall

The Merville Hall Christmas Craft Fair is slated for Saturday, Dec. 4,…

The Merville Hall Christmas Craft Fair is slated for Saturday, Dec. 4. Stock image
Santa’s Workshop “elf” Chris repairs a bike at the back of the workshop in 2018. Bikes are in high demand every year, and the group could use more fdonations this year. Photo by Terry Farrell

Comox Valley Santa’s Workshop in need of bicycles and volunteers

The “elves” at Santa’s Workshop have been busy since the beginning of…

  • Nov 24, 2021
Santa’s Workshop “elf” Chris repairs a bike at the back of the workshop in 2018. Bikes are in high demand every year, and the group could use more fdonations this year. Photo by Terry Farrell